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Pony Blues is one of the themes you can hear in many variations. Some classic versions are Charley Patton's "Pony Blues" and "Stone Poney Blues", Tommy Johnson's "Bye Bye Blues", and not to forget Willie Brown's "M&O Blues". The pony that is probably best know today is Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", made popular recently by Eric Clapton's recording of the song on his Unplugged album.

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If you, as me, like Big Bill Broonzy's "Hey, Hey", there are at least two sources. The first, and in my opinion the best, is to turn to the original. The song is transcribed and analyzed in Woody Mann's book/CD set on Big Bill Broonzy's.

The other option is of course to get the transcriptions of all the songs on Eric Clapton's Unplugged album.

For other versions of this and more classic blues, I recommend:

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The New Transcriptions
29 Songs From The Legendary Bluesman. A must-have for all blues guitarists, this exciting publication is the most complete Robert Johnson collection ever!
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101 Mississippi Delta Blues Fingerpicking Licks
This book/CD set examines four- and eight-beat blues licks which may be played within typical chord patterns in the most commonly used blues keys. Written for fingerstyle guitar, complete with pima fingering for the classically trained guitarist, the licks vary in difficulty but all lie within the capability of the beginning to intermediate player.
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101 Mississippi Delta Blues Cotton Picking Guitar Licks
This superb fingerpicking reference book features 101 authentic, traditional blues fingerstyle licks for guitar. The goldmine of licks is divided into the following categories: Four-beat licks; Eight-beat licks; Introductions and turnarounds. The licks are written in both standard notation and guitar tablature, and recorded at a moderate speed on the companion CD.
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The Road to Robert Johnson
The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta from the Late 1800s Through 1938.
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Early Roots of Robert Johnson
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Learn essential exercises and tips as they are presented in this compilation of tunes that influenced the legendary Robert Johnson.
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Robert Johnson - Signature licks
This lesson demonstrates the techniques Johnson used to create his remarkable guitar parts for 7 songs.
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Delta Blues Guitar Duets
In this unique lesson, Bob Brozman and Woody Mann describe and teach in detail duet arrangements in the styles of the great Delta blues guitarists: Charley Patton, Robert Johnson , Willie Brown, Tommy Johnson and Son House. Techniques and ideas forcreating a cohesive guitar part that compliments, rather than competes or conflicts, are discussed. Each part is taught separately and presented in tablature and music notation. Woody and Bob also present effective techniques for improving improvisation skills while jamming with other musicians.
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Delta Blues Guitar
Visit with living legend Honeyboy Edwards, one of the last links to the classic Delta blues of the 1920s and '30s. He imparts wisdom and wit while reminiscing about his life and friends, including Robert Johnson. Features detailed demos and thrilling performances of solo country blues, slide & lead guitar, boogie bass lines and more, with a detailed booklet of key musical examples.
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